How does Eschatology (End Times) relate to Discipleship?


A right view of eschatology causes us to take our discipleship seriously. One of the main take aways of eschatology is not only to persevere, but to persevere in our pursuit of Christ. “The end of all things is at hand; therefore be self-controlled and sober-minded for the sake of your prayers. Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins. Show hospitality to one another without grumbling. As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God's varied grace: whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies—in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.” (1 Peter 4:7:11) Again, we do this out of our own desire to be with him, and fear the idea of not being with him, and as God’s love works in us, we also desire others to be with him, and tremble at the thought of people not being with him. There is hope only in Christ. There is no hope outside of him. Eschatology is related to the day to day work of discipleship in that it is the end to which our discipleship is pushing. Eschatology is all about Jesus Christ, and the fulfillment of all eschatology is that those who know him and are known by him, will one day fully know him. The one that we are pursuing every day as we open up our Bible, as we pray, as we sit under faithful preaching, and as we reach out to others with the message of the gospel, is the one we will most finally, fully and definitely be with when the end of all things is here. “And this is eternal life, that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.” (John 17:3) Yes, we have eternal life now, but the eternal life we have now is not anything compared to what we will have, when he returns. “but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.” (Romans 8:23-25) One day there will be no more sin, and none of the awful effects of sin, like suffering, sickness or death. All there will be, will be eternal bliss, endless joy, unbridled beauty and for this we pursue him every day. For now we get glimpses, then we will have in full. And so we groan. Since we do not know what day or when Christ will return, it could be today, it could be tomorrow, we take every day seriously. We do not let our guard down. Satan really is out to destroy and Jesus could come back any day. So rather than letting Satan destroy us, we long to see the day, that Satan will be destroyed for this old wicked fallen world to be done away with for good. “But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a roar, and the heavenly bodies will be burned up and dissolved, and the earth and the works that are done on it will be exposed. Since all these things are thus to be dissolved, what sort of people ought you to be in lives of holiness and godliness, waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be set on fire and dissolved, and the heavenly bodies will melt as they burn! But according to his promise we are waiting for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells. Therefore, beloved, since you are waiting for these, be diligent to be found by him without spot or blemish, and at peace.” (2 Peter 3:10-14)


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